Alan Cherry Debate & Awards celebrate placemaking

There was a full house at the Alan Cherry Debate & Placemaking Awards on 1st November, testament to the relevance of the topic, respect for the Countryside founder and programme namesake, and the draw of a good view and a chance to catch up with peers. The event included a lively debate on how to measure the impact of regeneration – timely … [Read more...]

Ageing Cities: health and the built environment

Healthy placemaking is an essential part of delivering age-friendly cities, but it requires robust cross-sector collaboration. Planning can improve public health by promoting active travel, enhancing air quality, delivering and protecting open space. Social isolation, a key issue for our ageing population, can be reduced by supporting social … [Read more...]

Private Landlord Licensing – A growing trend

More boroughs than ever are using landlord licensing powers to improve their private rented sector (PRS). Introduced in 2006 to tackle anti-social behaviour, licensing schemes are mechanisms for identifying hazardous properties and improving management standards. Their revenue-generating powers enable councils to take swift enforcement action … [Read more...]

Matchmaking event highlights opportunities for workspace & regeneration

Over 100 workspace operators, local authorities and property owners came together on 5th October to attend Future of London’s second Workspace Matching Event at the Coin Street Conference Centre in central London. This exhibition-style event gave workspace operators with capacity to take on new spaces an opportunity to meet public- and … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Direction

A cross-sector approach – including communities – is the only way to make the most of the housing delivery models now available Housing demand is huge, the mechanisms to build it exist, and there is investment in search of projects. So how do we get delivery moving? Land value and slow land release are underlying challenges, but two years of … [Read more...]

Housing Zones Network expands

Building on its success over the last two years, the Housing Zones Network is now broadening out to address wider housing and development issues, and is now the London Housing Network. Future of London set up the Housing Zones Network in 2015 to support the delivery of 75,000 homes across 30 zones by 2025. With the programme now well-established, … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Infrastructure

As London grows, its infrastructure is coming under increasing strain. New infrastructure is needed to help deliver homes, move people around and improve the environment, and in a context of rapid change, up-to-date information is vital for making informed decisions about large-scale investment. Speakers at FoL's 28 Sept Smarter Cities workshop … [Read more...]

Smarter Cities: Delivery workshop

Smart Cities are a hot topic, with great potential to address intractable urban problems through innovation – and with all hype and uncertainty that come with new areas of endeavour. Getting started with smart-city technologies and systems can seem overwhelming, but there are good reasons to engage. Join us as we continue our Smarter Cities … [Read more...]

Devons Road & St Paul’s Way placemaking field trip

LB Tower Hamlets has the fastest growing and one of the youngest populations in the UK. Young people can be challenging to engage, but several local organisations are succeeding, using digital engagement, education, training and design programmes to involve young people in projects relating to local placemaking and employment. On 26 September, we … [Read more...]

Housing Delivery Models: Delivery

Creative approaches marked second Delivery Models roundtable Delivery was the focus of Future of London and GVA’s second roundtable on Housing Delivery Models, supported by BLP Insurance and Oak Foundation, and hosted by Lewis Silkin. Anonymised highlights are below; this and sessions on Investment and Direction will be combined with new GVA … [Read more...]